Archive for June, 2017

Views from the Paint Shop

Posted on June 10, 2017. Filed under: Project progress |

Here’s a couple of recent photographs taken outside the Birmingham paint shop, courtesy of Ian Rathbone.

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The painting and lettering of 54458 was a joint effort. I first brush painted numerous thin coats of primer and top coat, aiming for the appearance of a very run down, early post-war engine. Tim Shackleton lightly airbrushed the model at Missenden to “blend” my brush strokes and produce a more even finish. Finally, Ian Rathbone lettered the tender and added the cab side numbers. The hand painted number plate was my own work, though it is unlikely to have been carried at the time period represented.

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As with 54458, I painted the chassis of 54495 very light before sending it off to the paint shop. Ian has since darkened the colour of the frames to correspond with this very clean engine. Curiously, the Dunalastair IV is without a cab roof. Less surprising, neither engine has brakes and the Pickersgill is minus buffer heads and screw couplings.

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May Progress

Posted on June 1, 2017. Filed under: Monthly progress |

The addition of hedges, bushes, shrubs and flowers, as well as a few more trees, has really lifted the scenery. This month I’ve taken the unusual step of featuring two photos of the same view, but with different backscenes and an extra bush in the second snapped a few days later. Both were taken under natural light.

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The first was taken about teatime in bright, sunny weather, while the second was taken at a later time of day in very overcast conditions. I’m surprised how they show such very different moods.

Back at the beginning of the month, Paul Bambrick used “The road south” from Kyle of Sutherland’s Scenic Gallery to illustrate view blocking in his article “How To Plan a Realistic Backscene” in Model Rail No. 235 June 2017. From time to time, Paul includes pictures of Kyle of Sutherland in the “Latest News” section of his Bambrick Studio website. Recent entries include the beech tree view blocker described in “February Progress” and the second of the above two photographs.

In the second half of the month the postman delivered a set of Alan Gibson wheels for 1649 and a Judith/Mike Edge test etch for 40150’s chassis. I re-worked the 5-part mount card backscene I first made in 2015, and experimented with LED strip lights. Then coming up to the end of the month I made two 2’6” cassette tables out of one of the 5’ exhibition tables. The three tables still bolt together into the same overall space as the original pair of 5’ tables for transporting.

Kyle of Sutherland can now be set up with two 2’6” cassette tables (total operating length 15’), one 2’6” and one 5’ table (total 17’6”) or with the two 2’6” tables bolted together at one end and the 5’ table at the other (total 20’ for exhibition).

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